Turns Out They Don’t Make Candles That Say 103

So my grandmother turned 103 this month. Passed her drivers test. Still lives in her condo. Still likes to go to parties. Still needs help with the iPad. Still better dressed than me.

So we had a 103rd birthday party. Which required (yes, required) commemorative menu cards.

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Made easier with the Avery template design tool. I also used it to make the cake topper signs.

So, let’s get this party started with a cocktail.  An Orange Crush Cocktail from Kitchen Konfidence to be precise.

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In an official Pittsburgh Pirates Old Fashioned glass. It’s the right thing to do.

The only thing I changed was to double the orange juice and add sliced oranges. I used the suggested Olmeca Altos Tequila and though I’m not usually down with the brown liquor, it was very good.  Those with more discriminating palates than mine thought it was good neat as well.

As you can read from the menu card, we had roasted beef tenderloin which I discuss in this post. Though I didn’t use the garlic, just rubbed with olive oil and cracked pepper before putting it in the oven and made a herb sauce. We also had Waldorf Salad Cups where I used the recipe for the salad, but then used whole butter lettuce leaves and spooned some salad onto each leaf.  People were hungry so we ravaged and thus, I forgot to take a picture. Oh, well, just imagine it looked delicious.

Made this Jeweled Tabbouleh side salad.

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Jeweled Grain Tabbouleh
Adapted just barely from A View From Great Island

WHAT YOU NEED
4 cups cooked grains.  I’ve used quinoa (keeps the dish gluten free) and freekeh (the picture is freekeh). The original recipe called for 2 cups each cracked wheat and wheat berries.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 large bunch minced fresh parsley, stems removed
1 small bunch of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped  (I used half of one of those grocery store plastic containers)
1/2 English cucumber, finely diced
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup raw pistachios, rough chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, finely diced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup Craisins or dried cherries

WHAT YOU DO
Mix the dressing by shaking the olive oil,  lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste in a jar.  Pour it over the grains and toss to combine.  Mix in the the minced parsley, mint, cucumber, and red onion.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Mix in the nuts and fruit just before serving.

And cake from Kirschbaums, because that’s how we roll in the Wes’ Subs.

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A little help from some of the great grandchildren.

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Baby D recommends the frosting as a side dish. And a way to power through no-nap all the way until 9 p.m.

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But the true frosting on the cake was GG’s grandchildren and great grandchildren teaching her to use Snapchat.  This is her skeptical reaction to seeing this essential piece of technology:

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But then she got more comfortable breathing fire.

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But perhaps most disturbing was the face swap with P.

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But, in the end, everyone was satisfied.

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Very satisfied.

Have a great week everyone.

 

4 thoughts on “Turns Out They Don’t Make Candles That Say 103

  1. MBR

    Happy Birthday to grandma. How wonderful that she is still so healthy. Also passing on the salad recipe to my daughter. Thank you as always for sharing! Mbr

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  2. Patti Harris

    Gramma Lois is one amazing extremely sharp beautiful person. I consider myself very blessed to be a part of her life. Hope we can help her celebrate many more birthdays. I speak for myself and the whole Harris Family.
    We love you Gramma
    PS hope Jesse White remembers to take you to lunch

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